Friday, March 28, 2008
Jesus at Dawn on the Shore of the Sea of Tiberias
Simon Peter has decided to go fishing and so James and John, Nathanael, Thomas and two other disciples went out in the boat with him and fished all night and caught nothing! The seven must have been tired and discouraged when dawn came, but Jesus was standing on the shore. They did not yet realize who was there, but when he told them to cast their net to the right side of the boat, they obeyed and were not able to pull the net in as there were so many fish. Since John is telling the story later he says, "The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord." Peter then jumps into the sea. The others come in the boat dragging the overflowing net with the fish. When they arrive they see a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus tells them to bring some of the fish they have just caught (there were 153 large fish!) and then Jesus invites them to have breakfast. He took the bread and gave it to them and in like manner the fish. Imagine having Jesus waiting on the shore to serve us breakfast!
I think that Jesus still waits for us at dawn. He fills our nets with what we need to do his work during the day. He invites us first to breakfast with him and he waits for us to tell him all that has happened since the previous dawn. Our morning prayer is a great gift and we have the intimacy of being with Jesus and having all his attention. He cares for us and waits for us each dawn. Let us not keep him waiting!